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1.0 out of 5 stars Please stop, BFI., 15 May 2009
This review is from: The Decameron [Blu-ray] [1970] (Blu-ray)
Another very poor Pasolini Blu Ray from the BFI that features a transfer that is severly undermined by clueless, agressive bad quality noise/grain filtering that eats away at fine detail and covers everything with ugly noise. Bye bye film look. In addition edge enhancement halos grace high contrast edges. BFI has got quite a nerve to release in 2009 such transfers that would have been objectionable 5 years ago.
BFI, please remember your own name: The British FILM institute. Blu Ray is such a wonderful medium when it is used to show us the look of film which it can do quite accurately. On this Blu Ray we see no film, only an overprocessed nasty video image.
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2012 09:52:51 BDT
M. Hafner says:
There is now a properly done edition of this film on BD from Criterion that shows clearly how bad this one is.

Posted on 16 May 2014 23:57:35 BDT
Mr Sir says:
I searched for other reviews but couldn't find any that agreed with your criticisms. Take this in-depth comparison of the BFI and Criterion editions, although the Criterion image does appear to be slightly richer, the BFI Blu Ray clearly isn't the disaster you claim -
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdreview/decameron.htm

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2014 09:56:07 BDT
M. Hafner says:
Who needs reviews that agree or not? The images/discs speak clearly for themselves if you look at them. A little knowledge and experience is better than hundreds of reviews of clueless reviewers. Your link clearly shows why the BFI is a poor release and the Criterion is not. One has the look of film with its texture intact, the other has the look of artifact ridden overprocessed video. The difference between the two should be obvious if one is used to watching film (from prints, DCPs or properly done Blu Rays) and paying attention to what it looks like. BFI is not a bad company, by the way. Their output is usually up to the task. But they had some early duds like this one.
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